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Everybody deserves a safe and healthy relationship.
You may think LGBTQ couples cannot be in abusive relationships, but that’s not true.
CULTURALLY COMPETENT SERVICE PROVISION TO LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE, Sabrina Gentlewarrior and Kim Fountain, National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women, Harrisburg, PA: September 2009.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN LESBIAN, GAY, TRANSGENDER AND BISEXUAL COMMUNITIES: TRAINERS MANUAL, developed by New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, for New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, HIV Education and Training Programs, updated June 2010. Breiding, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA: January 2013.
Parents should develop common goals with their teen, including being healthy and doing well in school. Parents who make an effort to know their teen’s friends and know what their teen is doing can help their teen stay safe and feel cared about. Parents can access many organizations and online information resources to learn more about how they can support their LGB teen, other family members, and their teen’s friends.
Get more information from the CDC Fact Sheet: Parents’ Influence on the Health of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Teens [PDF – 254 KB].
If bullying, violence, or depression is suspected, parents should take immediate action, working with school personnel and other adults in the community.
Parents who talk with and listen to their teen in a way that invites an open discussion about sexual orientation can help their teen feel loved and supported.
Parents should have honest conversations with their teens about sex and how to avoid risky behaviors and unsafe situations. Parents who take time to come to terms with how they feel about their teen’s sexual orientation will be more able to respond calmly and use respectful language.
Parental rejection has been linked to depression, use of drugs and alcohol, and risky sexual behavior among teens.
To be supportive, parents should talk openly and supportively with their teen about any problems or concerns.